It’s still early morning here in India, and we woke up to some mind-blowing news of Facebook Acquiring WhatsApp for a whopping $19 Billion. Journalists, bloggers and analysts across the world have been trying to make sense of this humongous deal.


Let’s sit back and take note of these crazy numbers.

450 million active users – WhatsApp has more than 450 million active users, and if you consider the registered user base, that would be much higher. In comparison, Facebook has around 945 million active users. Considering WhatsApp is less than 5 years old, that’s a staggering number.

55 employees – WhatsApp supposedly has just 55 employees working for them, with 32 of them being the engineers. Now that translates to over 14 million active users per engineer/developer. Read that again – 14,000,000 active users per developer.

$35 per current user – The $16 billion deal values WhatsApp users at $35 each. This is pretty close to what Google had paid to YouTube. In comparison, Rakuten recently bought Viber (with around 300 million active users) for about $3 per user.

$3 billion for Employees – Usually, the employees of company getting acquired are hired with some bonus at best, but Facebook has agreed to give $3Bn in RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) which equates to approximately $54 million for each employee.

50 billion messages – Approximately 50 billion messages are exchanged on WhatsApp every day.

500 million images – WhatsApp processes 500,000,000 images every day, which is more than SnapChat’s 400 million and Facebook’s 350 million figures.

44% – That’s the percentage share of WhatsApp amongst social messaging apps which people use on a weekly basis. In comparison, Facebook messenger is at 35% and WeChat is at 28%.


70% – That’s the percentage of the active user base on WhatsApp who are active on a given day.

1 million new users per day – According to WhatsApp, the company is adding over 1,000,000 new users every day. That’s a huge growth rate for any service.

0 ads – This possibly defines what WhatsApp is all about. The company has been committed to keep the popular messaging platform ad-free. Though the creators promised that it remains autonomous even after Facebook acquisition, we should wait and what Facebook does after an year or so.

7 trillion – According to Facebook, WhatsApp’s volume is approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume, which is close to 7 trillion messages per year. That’s 7,000,000,000,000 messages!

$2 billion – Break-up fee to be given by Facebook to WhatsApp should the deal not go through. $1bn cash and $1bn shares.

100,000,000 – 500,000,000 – That’s the number of times WhatsApp is installed on Android alone. We don’t know the actual number of installs yet.

$60 million – That’s how much Sequoia supposedly invested in WhatsApp over three rounds of financing. Important thing to note here is that Sequoia is the sole venture capital firm who currently holds shares in WhatsApp. They stand to make approximately $3.4 billion out of this deal.

Benedict Evans

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